An Examination of a Fabulous Career:
The dark days of 2012 are long in the rear-view mirror for the NHL’s best player. Merely five years ago, there was concern that Sidney Crosby would never play hockey again. It had the potential to be one of the greatest sports tragedies of all time. Had Crosby failed to recover from his concussion and neck problems, the hockey world would have been robbed of what is now shaping up to be one of the greatest careers of all time.
Crosby has put together what must be considered one of the greatest year long stretches in hockey’s history. Beginning and ending with a pair of Stanley Cups, he has managed to wedge in endless amounts of other accolades. Remember the beginning of the 2015-16 season, when Crosby started the season slowly, and people were wondering if he and the Penguins were on their way to mediocrity? That is quite the freezing cold take at this point. In the last year alone, he has led Pittsburgh to two Cups, Canada to a World Cup gold, and individually, a pair of Conn Smythes, a Rocket Richard, and a World Cup MVP, with the potential to add more at this summer’s NHL awards.
At this point, Crosby is pretty much untouchable. He has nothing left to prove. With his unbelievable resume, he is impervious to criticism. Sid has lived up to the ridiculous billing he got in his youth from the moment he stepped into the league, and now he has done all he can to quiet every critic of his throughout his career. Whether it is leadership, two-way play, or “clutch” performance, he has done it all.
What it all means:
When considering Sid in the pantheon of all-time hockey greats, he should be approaching the very top. He has played in such a physically demanding era and has done nothing but produce magic. Oftentimes it has been with average wingers on his line and not-so-exceptional teams when looking up and down the lineup. He will not ever be able to match the ridiculous numbers of Gretzky. However, it is getting to the point where what he has done in his era, and what he has the potential to do, could be equally as impressive.
Crosby has made the case to be included in the top 5 players of all time. Sure, one could argue he does not quite have the counting stats, as he is only 30, but the rate at which he has produced, and the way he has lived up to that insane hype, puts him in there. A good top 5 would go Lemieux, Gretzky, Orr, Crosby, Howe.
To date, here is a summation of Sid’s incredible career:
The guy is simply astonishing, and whether you love him or hate him, you have to cherish being able to watch him.
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